Second Variety (Version 2)
First published in Space Science Fiction May 1953. "The claws were bad enough in the first place—nasty, crawling little death-robots. But when they began to imitate their creators, it was time for the human race to make peace—if it could!" When future war becomes so horrific that humans turn to machines and computers to design ways to kill each other strange things may happen. And DO in this classic Philip K. Dick story!
First Page:This etext was produced from Space Science Fiction May 1953. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.
BY PHILIP K. DICK
ILLUSTRATED BY EBEL
The claws were bad enough in the first place nasty, crawling little death robots. But when they began to imitate their creators, it was time for the human race to make peace if it could!
The Russian soldier made his way nervously up the ragged side of the hill, holding his gun ready. He glanced around him, licking his dry lips, his face set. From time to time he reached up a gloved hand and wiped perspiration from his neck, pushing down his coat collar.
Eric turned to Corporal Leone. "Want him? Or can I have him?" He adjusted the view sight so the Russian's features squarely filled the glass, the lines cutting across his hard, somber features.
Leone considered. The Russian was close, moving rapidly, almost running. "Don't fire. Wait." Leone tensed... Continue reading book >>
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Reviewer: R.A.W. - October 27, 2014
Subject: Second Variety Review.
Great science fiction story. Competent reader. Deserved more than a two hour read. The movie version of this story IMHO is under rated and ranks in my top 10 science fiction movie list. If you listen to this story it could ruin the movie for you and visa versa. Oh yes, the movie - Screamers.